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Bright Future For Jersey Boat Show Secured

by Jason Gorringe,, London

19 September 2013

The organizers of the Jersey Boat Show have welcomed the renewal of a key sponsorship deal with Barclays, securing the event's future for the next three years.

The upcoming 2014 Barclays Jersey Boat Show has now been confirmed for the May Bank Holiday over three days beginning on May 3, 2014.

The show, organized by Jersey Marinas on behalf of Ports of Jersey, attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors making it the largest free-entry event in the Channel Islands.

The announcement of the sponsorship agreement, and next year's dates, was made at a reception at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on September 17, 2013, hosted by Ports of Jersey with representatives from Barclays and other invited guests.

Welcoming the sponsorship deal, Jersey's Minister for Economic Development, Alan Maclean said: "The Jersey boat show continues to go forward with ever-increasing success, made possible in part by the major sponsorship deal with Barclays. This is a tremendous example, demonstrating that even a free-entry event can deliver both commercial and economic benefits to the island where organizers are able to secure, and work with, private sector sponsors for mutual benefit."

Barclays' head of offshore and local markets, Neil McCluskey commented: "We first sponsored the show in 2010, an event which was a resounding success with visitor numbers consistently up to around 30,000 and marine traders reporting buoyant sales. Since then, the show has continued to go from strength to strength, rapidly establishing itself as one of the major community events in the island's calendar, which is enjoyed by all who are involved or attend. We look forward to working with Ports of Jersey and other participants to build on this success."

The Barclays Jersey Boat Show supports and promotes the island's marine leisure and ancillary services industries while enabling residents and visitors to experience Jersey's diverse maritime culture. Next year's final program of activities is yet to be announced but the event will once again include opportunities for the public to step on board yachts and watercraft berthed in St Helier Marina and to enjoy an array of stalls on the quayside including lifestyle and marine accessories exhibitors, local artisans, food and refreshment. The show will also include Royal Navy vessels.

For the first time, a show preview will be held on the afternoon of May 2, 2013, allowing invited guests exclusive access to the pontoons to view the watercraft and meet marine traders before the official public opening on the Saturday morning.

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